Enrolling In A Radiologic Program
Enrolling in a radiologic program offers an excellent career option to those individuals who are interested in the healthcare field. A student who graduates a radiologic program becomes an x-ray technician or a radiologic technologist, and he or she is responsible for performing diagnostic x-ray procedures in hospitals, physician offices, and outpatient imaging centers.
The training period for a radiologic program is usually two to four years in an accredited college or hospital based radiologic program. Study time in a radiologic program will be split between classroom instruction and hands on clinical training in a healthcare setting. The radiologic program student will obtain a thorough working knowledge of radiographic physics and anatomy, radiation safety, proper patient positioning and technique, quality control, and darkroom skills. In addition, the radiologic program student will receive instruction in infection control, sterile technique, body mechanics, as well as patient privacy.
On completion of a radiologic program, the x-ray technologist will be eligible to take a national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This is a comprehensive examination which will address many of the skills required of a radiologic technologist. Successfully passing this examination will allow the student to add the designation RT to their name to signify that they are credentialed as a registered radiologic technologist. Also, many states will require a state licensure for radiologic technologists; the requirements for state licensure and continuing education will vary from state to state, however licensure is usually necessary for employment in states that require it.
The employment prospects for graduates of a radiologic program will tend to remain strong due to the health care needs of America's aging population. While most x-ray technicians are employed by hospitals, a significant number of them are also employed by freestanding imaging centers and outpatient clinics. Others may find employment in private physician offices such as orthopedic or urologic practices, portable x-ray services, as well as in sales support.